A sensory impairment may affect a child or young person’s hearing or vision moderately or more severely.
A hearing impairment is caused because the sound signals are not reaching the brain.
A visual impairment means that sight cannot be fully corrected using glasses or contact lenses.
This can cause problems with communication, mobility and learning.
There are many ways to support learning and development:
- Specialised equipment
- Adapted resources
- Direct teaching
- Staff training
The Sensory Impairment Team
The Sensory Impairment Team are part of the ASN Outreach Service and include:
- A Teacher of the Deaf (TOD): TODs are members of the Children’s Hearing Service Working Group (CHSWG) and work collaboratively with other professionals within health and education.
- A Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI): TVIs are members of the Visually Impairment Support Service for Children in the Community (VISSCC) and some joint assessments may be carried out.
The team work in partnership with:
- Staff in nurseries and schools
- Educational Psychologists
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Sensory Impairment specialists
The team can:
- Offer support and advice to families.
- Visit children in various settings to support learning.
- Assess, monitor and review progress.
- Refer to Audiology/ENT if a hearing loss is identified.
- Work with Opthalmology staff if appropriate.
- Provide equipment and adapt resources to ensure the curriculum can be assessed.
- Delivery speech training, e.g. language development, British Sign Language, Braille, life skills and mobility.
- Advise, support and train school staff on sensory impairment issues.
Normally the school or nursery will request support following agreement at a staged intervention meeting.
The Sensory Impairment Team can be contact for advice and guidance.